Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hoover Goes Ergonomic: The FreeMotion

Designing for usability and ergonomics ...

"Vacuum cleaner giant Hoover has found that 49 percent of Dutch people have physical complaints while using their vacuum-cleaner. So, Hoover launches the FreeMotion, a vacuumcleaner that prevents wrist and back pains. The FreeMotion has a 'specially designed handle', that allows the user to set the height of the wand, operate the on/off switch, and select the 'appropriate program' for the floor you are vacuuming.

To be honest, the whole design probably was not sparked by the complaints of the Dutch; that little study is more likely to have been a part of the marketing effort of the Dutch Hoover division, who's website prominently features the new model. but interestingly, I can't seem to find the FreeMotion on Hoover.com. Can I conclude from that that Americans are not interested in ergonomics?"    (Continued via the product usability weblog)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Hoover FreeMotion Handle - Ergonomics

Hoover FreeMotion Handle

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